Snowy coconut loaf cake

Have the kids help you make this snowy coconut loaf cake. Decorate with coconut shavings, ‘snowballs’, and anything else you like

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 10 mins
  • Serves 10
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 589
  • fat 32g
  • saturates 21g
  • carbs 70g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 6g
  • salt 0.8g


  • 185g butter softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 185g coconut milk, whisked
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp coconut extract (optional)
  • 25g desiccated coconut
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • ½ tsp coconut extract (optional)
  • 25g coconut chips or desiccated coconut
  • white chocolate truffles or large white sprinkles, to decorate (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter a 900g loaf tin (ours measured 10 x 21 x 5cm) and line the base with a long strip of baking parchment that overhangs the sides.

  2. Put the butter, coconut milk, sugar, flour, eggs, coconut extract (if using) and desiccated coconut in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until combined. Scrape into the prepared tin and level the top with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for 55 mins-1 hr, or until the cake is risen and golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. If any wet cake mixture clings to the skewer, bake for another 5-10 mins, then check again. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then lift the cake out onto a wire rack, using the parchment to help you. Leave to cool completely. The cooled cake will keep in the freezer, well wrapped, for up to two months.

  3. To make the icing, beat the butter, sugar, coconut milk and coconut extract, if using, in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Spread over the top of the cake using a palette knife or the back of a spoon, then scatter over a generous layer of coconut chips. Decorate with white chocolate truffle ‘snowballs’ or large white sprinkles, if you like.

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